From the talk page on the WordCamp Cape Town site:
In this session, Drew will be sharing insight into how a WordPress release happens, including an overview of all the moving parts, teams, organization, and execution. A lot of people have this idea that the core team is solely responsible for new versions of WordPress getting released, which couldn’t be further from the truth – it’s an intricate ballet of multiple contributor teams coming together and executing a broad vision.
He will talk about how a release cycle is structured, how and where the decision-making happens, as well as all of the various contributors and teams that play their own part in a successful release. It’s very much opening the black box of how a release works.
From the workshop page on the WordCamp Cape Town site:
We’re at a point now where we have these incredibly powerful query classes in WordPress core that allow you to really tailor down to whatever criterion you want. In this workshop, Drew will provide some real-world examples of some crazy stuff you can do with queries – it’s very much a “sky’s the limit” kind of situation. Queries are really interesting and powerful, and a lot of people are intimidated by advanced queries, even with the abstraction layers that WordPress has put in place.
This weeked at WordCamp Vancouver I gave a talk called “Customizer-ing Theme Options: A Visual Playground”. I covered the basics of the Customizer API and did a case study with Nubrick, a Twenty Twelve child theme I built last year to learn about leveraging the Customizer API. Here are my slides: